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Motrik, Hollow Sidewalks and Murderbait 3/16 @ the Fixin To

Prepare yourselves for a dark, swirly mystical night of goth, post-punk, and krautrock at arguably St. John’s best bar and venue, The Fixin’ To.
Møtrik
https://motrik.bandcamp.com/
Portland four-piece Møtrik leave little to the imagination with their name, and the Portland krautrock unit drives straight down the autobahn with their excellent self-titled release. –MARK LORE (Portland Mercury)

Hollow Sidewalks
http://hollowsidewalks.com/
Hollow Sidewalks casually catch your ear and pull you in until you can’t get enough. It’s a feeling that lurks beneath the mystical tapestry of their psychedelic post-punk sound, as if there’s a bigger story waiting to be uncovered. Frontwoman Nora Murphy Hughes’ lazy drawl, reminiscent of early Siouxsie Sioux, is backed by solid rhythm and understated, wandering guitar riffs. Hollow Sidewalks’ music is easy to lose yourself in, and has that rare ability to speak to a child of rock ‘n’ roll of any generation.–CHRISTINA BROUSSARD (Portland Mercury)

Murderbait
https://murderbait.bandcamp.com/
An ethereall tide of minor chorded trances with roots firmly established in the fringes of the early punk movement, as well as early 70’s kraut-rock, and various forms and eras of psych, and even elements of smoke drenched jazz and American folk.Taking up the torch that artists such as Cohen, Bowie, and Cave, have blazed, Murderbait walks an unpaved road of uncertainty and is unafraid to show the colors of such stems, yet is no stranger to experimentation and casually walking past boundaries set by most “scenes”.

Hollow Sidewalks Kicks off West Coast Tour with The Year of the Field Mouse Album Release Party at Holocene

Year of the Field Mouse (High School Records, 2017) is a sonic departure for Hollow Sidewalks, a band that incorporates psychedelia, post-punk and garage rock as well as shoegaze-inspired Verve-esque soundscapes. High School Records will host a record release party at Holocene in Portland, Oregon to kick off Hollow Sidewalks’ West Coast tour.

Year of the Field Mouse marks an ongoing journey for Nora Murphy Hughes. She has done what many Portlanders are doing—she’s cut back the booze and subbed harder drugs for more weed, with good results. The 60s inspired, sunny psych rock, laced with post punk riffs, is a testament to this. “Volcano,” their upcoming video release, is named after Hughes’ vaporizer. Their sophomore album signals departure from the darker, heavier Ain’t No Way (2014). Of the transition, Hughes says “It’s definitely a brighter, happier record than the last one. Overall there’s a more optimistic tone.”
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